GBBD: A Winter's Collage and a New Form of Plant Hunting
It's amazing to have enough flowers to make a Blooms Day collage, not only that but have enough to leave some of them out! I've noted my current colour scheme is tending towards white, pink and red. It's an interesting mix of summer and winter flowering blooms and everything looks set for a record breaking garden flower count on Christmas Day.
Talking of flower counts, you may like to take part in BSBI's New Year Plant Hunt. This looks at wild and naturalised flowers (not planted or garden escapees) open on one day recorded between New Year's Day and 4th January. All you need to do is go out for three hours and record what you see. Help is available for identification if needed, and tea breaks or comfort stops are allowed! Take the above link to BSBI's website for more information.
You can also read about 2015's results, where it's surprising to see just how much was in flower last winter. This survey looks set to join January's Big Garden Birdwatch (30-31 January 2016) as a great citizen science project which collects a useful data set over time. It's also a fun activity which is the perfect excuse for a walk and helps to lift the winter gloom. Remember, the nights are getting lighter already * even though we have a few more days of the entire day getting shorter.
* = warning, this interesting link which explains why our nights get lighter ahead of the winter solstice includes audio
Garden Bloggers Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.